Are you planning a trip to Portland Oregon? If so, you’d be in good company because many people travel to the PDX area during the summer months to escape the heat of the Midwest or East Coast. Before traveling here though you should know where to eat, drink and stay in the Portland area because there are many options to choose from!
Where to Stay
The Woodlark Hotel, one of Portland’s newest boutique hotels, is the perfect base for a long, stylish weekend. Located in a historic building in the heart of downtown, Woodlark is surrounded by a brimming arts community, acclaimed restaurants, and a sprawling collection of curated retailers. The hotel’s inviting wood-fired restaurant Bullard and sophisticated bar Abigail Hall (named after Abigail Scott Duniway, a writer and a women’s rights advocate who was rumored to hold meetings in the building in the early 1900s) are equally full of locals and visitors.
What to Do
Act like a local: start with coffee and save room for dessert. Here are some daytime agendas by neighborhood.
Start your morning close to Woodlark with coffee at Stumptown on SW 3rd, which consistently displays large scale exhibits by local artists. Afuri Ramen and Dumpling—by way of Tokyo—is only a block away. On Saturday mornings, graze through Portland’s impressive Farmer’s Market on the Portland State campus. Enjoy a delectable French brunch at Maurice, complete with champagne, quiche, and cheesecake. Close by is the epic color-coded library inside Powell’s City of Books. Get to Hoyt Arboretum for a short hike to the view from the redwood deck and take a breath. Or choose to visit the Japanese Garden and follow the paths through the immaculate garden that transforms throughout the seasons.
First, Heart coffee on E Burnside, then skip the forever line outside the Screen Door, and head straight to Tusk’s rock ‘n roll, California style, Mediterranean brunch. A few doors down, stop into Made You Look, a design-forward toy store that intrigues adults. If you’re wanting a boozy brunch served tapas-style in booths that make you want to stay all day, eat at Tasty n Daughters. Check out the OG Stumptown coffee shop next door, or stray off the beaten brunch path to Vivienne’s Kitchen & Pantry, where each nourishing meal is made individually with intention and love.
When you’ve had coffee and pastries for breakfast, eat lunch at Luce, a charming Italian cafe inside a corner store. The antipasti are satiating bites, especially the farro and parmesan pie. Or for a quintessential Portland market experience, walk to Providore Fine Foods to grab a Little T baker baguette, some local produce, and chocolate and wine for the park, or sit down for poke and oysters at the Flying Fish Co. counter. To keep moving, grab butcher sandwiches at Laurelhurst Market and stroll through Laurelhurst Park or travel deeper SE to Tabor Bread for house-milled grains and artisan bread that rivals most. If you have room, get the famous chocolate chip cookie at Coquine, and hike up the road to the top of Mt Tabor.
Dinner + Drinks
Restaurant or bar is a fine line on this list. So choose your focus and never settle for soda and lime when any cocktail can be virgin.
Ox is an Argentinian steak house dinner that begins with tiny cups of soup, an amuse bouche and the best thing not on the menu. If the wait for Ox’s empanadas is unbearable, nearby is Ned Ludd, serving the most delicious wood-charred vegetables in town in a storybook-level dining room. Han Oak is a Korean-American restaurant found inside a magical courtyard where I implore you to accept all their recommendations and order the chef’s tasting menu. Lovely’s Fifty Fifty is the only pizza place where I eat more salad than pizza, a perfect approach to saving room for their house-made ice cream. For fresh pasta and gorgeous salads, there is the sultry lit Italian restaurant, Ava Gene’s. To share authentic Spanish tapas with friends, go to Ataula on the west side or Bar Casa Vale on the east side of town.
Visit Portland Oregon This Summer!
Portland is a great place to visit all year long, especially during the summer months because the days are obviously longer and the weather is nice! To learn more about Portland leave us a comment below!